Writing a Combination Resume Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Types of Resumes

Practice with this Combination Resume Worksheet to determine if this resume type suits your personal circumstances. Through completing 10 exercises, you can get an idea of when to use this resume type to highlight your strengths in the best light to improve your overall job writing knowledge.

Writing a Combination Resume

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, read the provided example situation, and decide by circling yes or no whether using a chronological resume is the best choice. Explain your decision for each exercise.

  • You are 20 years older than the average applicant for the position you are applying for in a marketing firm.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have just graduated from college and have little to no work experience, but you have various experiences that relate to the position for which you are applying from community involvement and student organizations.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have worked in the marketing field for eight years but are planning to seek a position as a human resources specialist.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have held 10 different jobs in the last 5 years and have not stayed with any of the companies for more than one year.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You are currently unemployed and have not worked in over 10 years because you took time off to raise your young children. You hold a degree in the field to which you are applying but have not worked or stayed up-to-date with recent changes.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • Your work history is like a colorful patchwork quilt. You have worked factory jobs, food service jobs, customer service jobs, construction jobs and jobs in a variety of other fields. You are applying for a clerical position.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You graduated several years ago from college. However, right out of college you joined the Peace Corps and spent five years overseas volunteering in third-world countries.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You hold a degree in cultural anthropology and are applying for a position as a loan officer that does not require previous experience. During your most recent job, you handled many financial aspects as a project director. You have held only 3 jobs over a 12 year period, all in the field of anthropology.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have worked at your current position for less than one year. Prior to starting that job, you were unemployed for a period of three years. The position you currently hold is very similar to the one for which you are applying.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have five years of experience in bookkeeping, one year of which included managing a small office staff. You are applying for a management position in a completely different field. You have a solid work history with no gaps in employment, and you have worked at least two years at every job you’ve previously held.

  • Is a combination resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason: